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News Nosh: 8.1.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Quote of the day:
“After the passage of the nation-state law I couldn’t restrain myself and keep quiet any longer. There isn’t a single word about equality in the law. The right to equality is one of the most important basic rights in every country in the democratic world, and that should have been the case in our country too – but to my regret that didn’t happen.” 
--Former deputy president of Israel's High Court, Salim Joubran, himself an Arab citizen, called the new nation-state law racist and warned it will strengthen existing discrimination against Arab society.*
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News Nosh: 7.31.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Quote of the day:
“This morning when I awoke to drive to the base I asked myself why. Why should I serve the State of Israel, the state that I and my two brothers and my father served with devotion, a sense of mission and with love of our homeland when in the end, what do we get? To be class B citizens?"
--Capt. Amir Jmall, a member of Israel's Druze community, posted an open letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his Facebook page Sunday, stating that he will stop serving in the military in protest of the controversial Jewish Nation-State law.*
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News Nosh: 7.30.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, July 30, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Although Professor Harari is proud of his Israeliness, he is not interested in cooperating with the (Israeli) Consulate...We prefer not to represent the government as long as it persists with this policy."
-- Karin Eliahu-Perry, the personal manager of Professor Yuval Noah Harari, explained to the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles that Israel's passing of the Nation-State Law and the Surrogacy Law were the reasons Harari refused to attend a Consulate reception in his honor. (Haaretz and Yedioth, p. 20)*
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News Nosh: 7.27.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, July 27, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
The Jerusalem Report Magazine fired its cartoonist, Avi Katz, for a cartoon depicting Netanyahu and colleagues as ‘Animal Farm’ pigs in criticism of the new Jewish Nation-State law they passed. (However, 38 years ago, Haaretz published a similar cartoon depicting Israeli leaders as pigs and nobody got fired.)
 
Quote of the day:
“I cannot be associated with a publication that dumps a staff member simply because his work has upset some readers. Journalism, when done well, always angers some readers, and it is the duty of the newspaper or magazine’s editors and managers to stand by writers and other members of the staff when readers complain about the analysis and opinions expressed by its staff. This is all the more true in the case of editorial cartoonists, whose very job is satire – and a good satirist never pauses to worry about angering the citizenry. "
--Journalist Haim Watzman quit his job at a Jerusalem Post-owned publication on Thursday, saying in a letter he was doing so in protest of the dismissal of cartoonist Avi Katz.
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News Nosh: 7.26.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, July 26, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
"I want to hug my son and they won’t let me. Every day my son asks me, 'Dad, when will you come home? I want to kiss you and play with you.' When I hear that I start to cry. I worked in Israel without a permit, but it was only to support the family. I never hurt anyone. I am an honest man.”
—Atia Shenran, 25, who lives in Gaza, wants to visit his son, who lives in the West Bank and whom he has never met, but Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said that Shenran does not meet the required criteria in order to receive the needed entry permit.**
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News Nosh: 7.25.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Jews, somebody’s making sure to maintain the Jewish character of Jerusalem.”
—Right-wing settler activist and Jerusalem Municipality Councilman, Arieh King, wrote proudly on Facebook with a photo of a Palestinian peddler, whose wares, mainly bread, were on the ground, after King got municipal inspectors to confiscate his stand. Even some right-wingers berated him saying there was nothing 'Jewish' about it.**
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News Nosh: 7.24.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Quote of the day:
"So why did we need this law?
--Yedioth commentator Ben-Dror Yemini writes that international condemnation for the Nation-State Law didn't come just from Israel's haters, but also from some of its biggest supporters, and it offends Israel's Druze citizens, who serve in the Israeli army.*


Breaking News:
Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet Penetrating Israeli Airspace
Israeli air defenses fire two Patriot interceptor missiles, taking down the Russian-made Sukhoi plane. (Haaretz, Ynet and Israel Hayom)
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News Nosh: 7.23.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, July 23, 2018

Quote of the day:
"I am also available for an 'Israel is shameful' ad campaign if anyone is interested." 
--Israeli actress Renana Raz tweeted after Israel passed the nation-state law. In Hebrew, 'Israel is shameful' (Yisrael mitbayeshet,' rhymes with the water conservation ad campaign Raz has been headlining called, "Yisrael mityabeshet"  (Israel is drying out).*

You Must Be Kidding: 
The State Attorney's Office indicted David Sharaf, a Jewish Israeli, on arson and incitement for setting fire to property of Arabs and saying 'Burn Arabs because they burn us,’ but the indictment did not state that his motive was nationalist, i.e., anti-Arab, which carries a longer sentence.**

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News Nosh: 7.20.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, July 20, 2018

Quote of the day:
"This law is the mark of Cain on everyone who voted for it," said Shanan, who explained: "We have been raised and educated about belonging to and love for the State of Israel, and I recognize that the State of Israel is the state of the Jewish people and the state of all its citizens. This law can create a situation in which, tomorrow, a person rises up and takes control of it by democratic means, and takes advantage of the law so that Muslim, Druze and Christian citizens not only can’t be second-class citizens, but they also can’t be citizens at all."
—Former Druze MK Shakib Shanan, the father of Border Policeman Kamil, who was murdered by a Palestinian on the Temple Mount last year, reacted to the Nation-State law passed yesterday. (Maariv)
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News Nosh: 7.19.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Quote of the day:
“Land is one of the most important public resources, and designating it for the use of one group only at the expense of another is one of the clearest characteristics of apartheid."
--Shabtay Bendet, of Peace Now’s settlement-monitoring team, reacted to the news that since 1967, Israel has only allotted .25% (401 acres) of the state land in the West Bank to Palestinians, but almost 50% (148,263 acres) to Israeli settlements. The numbers were revealed by the State following a request by Peace Now and the Movement for Freedom of Information.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“As of now, I’ve paid about 100,000 shekels [$27,457] and I don’t know when I’ll get it. It’s not defective and it’s hallal.”
--Long-time Gazan meat importer, Mohammed Shaker, is being forced to pay $600 a day for storage at an Israeli port for canned meat he imports to Gaza, because Israel suddenly decided that meat for Palestinians in Gaza requires a Jewish kosher certificate.*
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